Engagement Appeal

May 8, 2017 Dear Friends at SOTH: Our church council is launching a new strategic planning process we are calling an “Engagement Appeal.” The goal of our appeal is to create a connected family of faith through listening sessions that will culminate in a new strategic plan with broad-based input and support. You and your […]

What Month Is it?

Every month it seems has its many assigned observances and related activities. May’s most recognized is perhaps breast cancer awareness which has a huge walk/ fundraiser and free mammograms for those who need it. Men’s health awareness has few shaving in November, etc. While this is great in highlighting and adding awareness and education to […]

Loving our Neighbor: Living our Faith

We went to Chicago last weekend and while we walked by a number of people who were begging for money on the streets, one man in particular stood right in the middle of our path and directly asked us for money. “No, I’m sorry.” I muttered. I actually didn’t have any cash on me at […]

Seeing Faith through New Eyes

This past Lent we took a decidedly different approach to Wednesday evening worship services. We invited guest speakers to join us asking them to reflect on our Christian faith through the lens of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We heard from two Luther Seminary professors, the Program Director of Refugee Services at Lutheran Social Services, […]

Finding Common Ground – A Panel Discussion

Who we are: One of the things I hope for our family of faith is to be relationally connected enough to have difficult, honest conversations and remain brothers and sisters in Christ. Our vision statement indicates that we desire to be a “connected family of faith, inspired by God to positive influence our community and world.” […]

The Greatest Gift

This month we will celebrate Christ’s victory over the grave, the one thing that zaps some amount of fear we as humans hold about the death of our earthly journey. At some point we have to accept our finite time here on earth and trade the known for the unknown, moving forward in faith. Sometimes […]

When God was a Little Girl: Diverse Images of God

I have a new favorite book. It’s a children’s book entitled “When God was a Little Girl” written by David R. Weiss and illustrated by Joan Hernadez Lindeman. I stumbled across it this past January when I was looking for children’s books for our baptismal reunion. The book begins with a little girl asking her […]

Follow the Peace

I’ve observed that many people are uncomfortable when they hear Christians use language like “God told me to,” or “God spoke to me” to help explain decisions they’ve made or paths they’ve chosen. I’ve tried to translate this to non-church folks as the same thing as “a gut feeling” or “a mother’s intuition” – you […]

Lost and Found

My parents love to tell stories about me and to me from when I was just a toddler. One of my favorite stories they tell was when I was no more than a year old. I had just started walking and learned to love my newfound abilities. One weekend my parents and I went camping […]

Gratitude for Normal

Last weekend my family was out to dinner at Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka. There was no special occasion other than the fact that my Dad is a “Groupon” pro and had managed to wrangle two free walleye dinners! The seven of us were crammed into a booth in the upscale upstairs fancy part of the […]